Second infections raise questions about long-term immunity to COVID-19 with reports of possible reinfections having been circulated for months. Many scientists and researchers have been unclear when it comes to a COVID-19 reinfection. A latest report on this matter was published today revealing the likelihood of a second infection.
The study covered a 30-week period from April to November this year with 12,180 health care workers taking part.
The health care workers were tested for antibodies which cause COVID-19 as a way of detecting who had been infected before.
The hospital tested the staff involved in the study regularly for COVID-19, both when they became unwell with symptom and also as part of regular testing of well staff.
The researchers then followed whether staff who had been infected before had the same number of new COVID-19 infections as those who had not been infected before.
This revealed to the researchers that those infected with COVID-19 were unlikely to catch it again for at least six months.
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If you are showing symptoms of coronavirus, even if they are mild, you must stay at home.
You must not leave your home at all for a period of at least seven days.
The NHS website states that if you still have a high temperature after seven days, you must continue to stay at home until your temperature returns to normal.